Mustard & Stoneman put in incredible performances to give Durham the win late on Day 4
Durham recorded a historic six-wicket win over Nottingham at Trent Bridge to move to the top of the LV= County Championship Division One.
Chasing 183 off just 23 overs the visitors powered the potent Notts attack to all parts of the ground reaching their target with 16 balls to spare with Phil Mustard (72) and Mark Stoneman (69) lead the way to victory.
Despite losing both openers, Gareth Breese hit the winning runs in the 21st over, securing a memorable win for Paul Collingwood’s side.
At the beginning of the final day, Notts were 145-5 and were seeking desperately to add runs to their total to keep their hopes salvaging the game alive.
Michael Lumb and Luke Fletcher made a solid start in the morning session moving the home side into the lead, before the nighwatchman departed for 17 edging a Scott Borthwick delivery behind to Phil Mustard.
Notts skipper Chris Read came to the crease and immediately saw his partner Lumb reach three figures for the first time this season as powered his way to his century off 155 balls.
The duo kept the Durham attack at bay until the Lunch break, and moved the lead past 50 before Read became Borthwick’s second victim for 29 as Collingwood snagged an edge at first slip.
Lumb didn’t last much longer as he departed for for 123 to Breese as he returned a caught and bowled which the West Indian took making no mistake, while Stuart Broad only made 10 before he fell to Borthwick to leave the hosts 258-9.
However, Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad proved to be a thorn in Durham’s side as they added 75 for the final wicket, with the England spinner notching a half-century before Borthwick caught in him front of his stumps lbw.
Durham faced the task of chasing down 183 to win off just 23 overs but they showed their attacking intent by sending out one day opener Mustard with Stoneman at the top of the innings.
The pair immediately took the attack to the Notts bowlers with the paceman in particular receiving punishment with several early boundaries. Durham brought up the 50 in the fifth over going at an astonishing 10 runs an over.
Stoneman was racking up the boundaries and brought up his half-century in just 24 balls, while Mustard followed suit getting his 50 off 30 balls as Durham raced past the 100 run mark.
The visitors looked to be cantering home to their victory target but Stoneman fell for 69 going for one big shot too many as he was caught by Broad off the bowling of Swann which brought an end to his brilliant 38-ball innings.
Mustard continued to find the boundary and Ben Stokes, Dale Benkenstein also added valuable runs before they fell victim to Swann trying to hit the boundary. Mustard’s innings finally ended on 72 when he was caught by Alex Hales, with the finish in sight.
Breese knocked off the winning runs with a boundary with 16 balls to spare as Durham pulled off a fantastic batting effort to seal the win at Trent Bridge and move to the top of Division One.
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